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Compared to... Canon SX100 IS and Ricoh R8

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10, the Canon Powershot SX100 IS and the Ricoh R8 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison @ ISO 400

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, cool white fluorescent white balance, +1.0 EV compensation

  • Canon Powershot SX100 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation

  • Ricoh R8: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H10
Canon SX100 IS
Ricoh R8
ISO 400, 1/400 sec, F4
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F4.5
ISO 400, 1/310 sec, F4.2
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At ISO 400 noise and its reduction take their toll. Fine detail is being blurred on all three cameras and the manufacturers' different anti-noise strategies are evident. Canon approach is fairly conservative, retaining a lot of mage detail but also displaying quite some noise. The Ricoh shows a lot of artifacts whose negative impact is exacerbated by the excessive sharpening.

Sony's attitude towards noise is a little more resolute. There's more NR than on the Canon or Ricoh, but the H10 still manages to retain a decent amount of detail at a comparatively low noise level. You would not want to blow the H10's output (and none of the other two cameras') up to poster size but for your standard 6x4 print it's more than good enough.

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